The CC And Curtis Show

September 3, 2010 – 10:01 am

NYY 5, Oakland 0. CC Sabathia is in the process of putting together one amazing year, as he totally shut down the Oakland A’s on just one measly hit over eight innings, and he made it all look quite routine. Of course the reality is that this is “routine” business-as-usual for CC these days. Since June, he is 15-2 with a 2.40 ERA and has averaged 7.1 innings per outing. Over that period he’s only had one no decision, and the Yankees won that one, giving the team a 16-2 record when he starts. This was win number 19, so CC’s all but assured his first 20-win season ever, a season that is arguably the best one yet in his career.

xyzzyEven with CC’s great pitching though, this one still could have gone either way, as Dallas “Get Off My Mound” Braden was pretty much doing to the Yankee offense what CC was doing to the A’s. Through five innings, the only difference was Jorge Posada’s solo home run which gave NY a 1-0 lead. But then Braden cramped up in the sixth, so Oakland had to turn to their bullpen, and that was that as far as the pitchers’ duel was concerned. Curtis Granderson immediately homered off of Jerry Blevins, and then got a 2-run homer in the seventh, and that was all the offense the Yankees would need. The verdict is still very much out on Granderson and his new hitting approach, but after a short slump he does appear to be back in a groove as he finished the Oakland series going 5-for-15 with three home runs.

So now the win streak is at six games, and Toronto is in for a 3-game series. So far this year, the Yankees have struggled somewhat against the Jays, going 5-7 to date — so this will be a good test to see just how well the team is playing right now. Ivan Nova gets his third MLB start Friday, which should tell us a lot about just how good he is. And Javier Vasquez, after proving himself with a short stint in the bullpen, gets a chance Saturday to prove that he has his act back together. And then Phil Hughes starts the series finale. Between those three pitchers, we might learn a lot about just where the starting rotation is going in to the final stretch. Everyone knows exactly what we have in Sabathia and A.J. Burnett — it’s the rest of the rotation that’s the big question mark right now.

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